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The Jackals 

Matt goes to Texas to attend the retirement party of his old friend, Sheriff Mark Handlin. After witnessing his friend's assassination by five desperadoes whom Mark had previously sent to prison, Matt chases them into Mexico.

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Alvin Ganzer
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
James Arness ... Matt Dillon
Milburn Stone ... Doc Adams (credit only)
Amanda Blake ... Kitty Russell (credit only)
Ken Curtis ... Festus (credit only)
Paul Richards ... Mel Deevers
Tige Andrews ... Jose Santillo
Felice Orlandi ... Emilio
Ward Wood Ward Wood ... Bates
Michael Vandever ... Poorly
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Bandito
David Renard ... Policeman
Martin Garralaga ... Older Padre
Rico Alaniz ... Young Padre
Jorge Moreno ... Perino
Ruben Moreno Ruben Moreno ... 2nd Bandito
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Matt goes to Texas to attend the retirement party of his old friend, Sheriff Mark Handlin. After witnessing his friend's assassination by five desperadoes whom Mark had previously sent to prison, Matt chases them into Mexico.

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Marshal Dillon (James Arness) refers to wanting to avoid having the desperados "dry gulch" him. That is slang for ambush because in the American West, outlaws often killed people as they passed through a dry gulch; or because cattle rustlers drove stolen animals off the edge of such a gulch. See more »

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When Marshall Dillon comes into the Mexican Villa and shows the people a picture of the man he's chasing he takes the picture from his left pocket and puts it back in his left pocket. After being attacked, Padre saves him and he shows him the picture from his right pocket. See more »

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Emilio: [Emilio is comparing an old dog he had to Marshal Matt Dillon] You know, I have a dog once. He wouldn't give up. He tracked a cougar for a whole week. Finally, he caught him. An you know something? That cougar ate HIM.
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Not so bad!
10 December 2015 | by wildbillhardingSee all my reviews

I liked this episode more than kfo9494. It has the standard revenge plot that we've seen a thousand times and without which the western movie would never have existed.

The locations are superb, including the rocks of Lone Pine, California, used so atmospherically in the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott Ranown series - Ride Lonesome, Comanche Station etc. For me, it was a welcome change from the claustrophobic air-conditioned Radford Avenue studio set seen at least once in almost every episode and which is one of the major downers in Gunsmoke. When the action moves into the open town set, as it does briefly in some episodes, it's literally a breath of fresh air. I presume it was simply cheaper to use the open air set as little as possible.

Anyhow, I liked this episode. It had plenty of action, despite dragging a little in places as kfo9494 says. When Dillon faces down the bandidos amongst the desert rocks, there's a gentle nod to the similar sequence in the underrated The Professionals, with Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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